Cancer Risk With Actinic Keratosis

Last Modified: August 13, 2012


I have been told I have some spots on my skin called"actinic keratosis." Does this mean I will get skin cancer?


Rachel Woods, RN, Nurse for the Surgical Dermatology Program at Penn Medicine responds:

If you have an AK, you are at risk for developing squamous cell cancer. AKs are precancerous and can be treated easily but it is a warning to keep vigilant about your skin checks

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